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Konstandinos Kawafis

Data urodzenia: 29. Kwiecień 1863
Data zgonu: 29. Kwiecień 1933

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Konstandinos Petru Kawafis – nowożytny poeta grecki; twórca kunsztownej poezji w duchu tzw. parnasizmu i symbolizmu pozostający pod silnym wpływem literatury starożytnej; przedstawiciel greckiego modernizmu. Uważany za jednego z najwybitniejszych poetów greckich XX w. W jego twórczości dominuje tematyka hellenistyczna i osobista. Zapoczątkował nowy typ liryki, pisząc językiem epigramatycznym, zbliżonym do prozy, rezygnując z rymu, rytmu, metafory, ornamentów stylistycznych.

Debiutował zbiorem wierszy Poiemata w 1904. Kawafis niezwykle krytycznie podchodził do swego pisania. Często przerabiał i tworzył nowe wersje wcześniejszych utworów. Ostatecznie pozostawił tylko ok. 200 wierszy. Za życia nie wydał ani jednej książki i był prawie nieznany jako literat.

W Polsce wydano Wybór wierszy , Poezje wybrane , wreszcie Wiersze zebrane – efekt wieloletniej pracy tłumacza Zygmunta Kubiaka. W 2011 ukazał się wybór wierszy Kawafisa w przekładzie Antoniego Libery, w 2013 wybór w przekładzie Ireneusza Kani, a w 2014 tzw. Kanon w przekładzie Jacka Hajduka.

Konstandinos Kawafis był homoseksualistą, czego odbiciem była również jego twórczość zawierająca wiele wierszy o motywach homoerotycznych.

Cytaty Konstandinos Kawafis

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„Perhaps the light will prove another tyranny.
Who knows what new things it will expose?“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: It will be a great relief when a window opens. But the windows are not there to be found — or at least I cannot find them. And perhaps it is better that I don’t find them. Perhaps the light will prove another tyranny. Who knows what new things it will expose? The Windows http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=137&cat=1

„He who hopes to grow in spirit
will have to transcend obedience and respect.
He'll hold to some laws
but he'll mostly violate
both law and custom, and go beyond
the established, inadequate norm.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: He who hopes to grow in spirit will have to transcend obedience and respect. He'll hold to some laws but he'll mostly violate both law and custom, and go beyond the established, inadequate norm. Sensual pleasures will have much to teach him. He won't be afraid of the destructive act: half the house will have to come down. This way he'll grow virtuously into wisdom. Growing in Spirit http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_130.htm (1903)

„I created you while I was happy, while I was sad,
with so many incidents, so many details.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: p>I created you while I was happy, while I was sad, with so many incidents, so many details.And, for me, the whole of you has been transformed into feeling.</p " In the Same Space http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_134.htm" (1929)

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„Its councils are full of Legislators
no charlatan can fool.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Just to be on the first step should make you happy and proud. To have come this far is no small achievement: what you have done is a glorious thing. Even this first step is a long way above the ordinary world. To stand on this step you must be in your own right a member of the city of ideas. And it is a hard, unusual thing to be enrolled as a citizen of that city. Its councils are full of Legislators no charlatan can fool. The First Step http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=145&cat=1

„On hearing about powerful love, respond, be moved
like an aesthete.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: On hearing about powerful love, respond, be moved like an aesthete. Only, fortunate as you’ve been, remember how much your imagination created for you. On Hearing of Love http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=157&cat=4

„Now the longed-for signal has appeared. Yet when happiness comes
it brings less joy than one expected.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Now the longed-for signal has appeared. Yet when happiness comes it brings less joy than one expected. But at least we've gained this much: we've rid ourselves of hope and expectation.

„The Spartans weren't to be led
and ordered around
like precious servants.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: The Spartans weren't to be led and ordered around like precious servants. Besides, they wouldn't have thought a pan-Hellenic expedition without a Spartan king in command was to be taken very seriously. Of course, then, "except the Lacedaimonians." That's certainly one point of view. Quite understandable. " In The Year 200 B.C. http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_1.htm" (1931)

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„His friends weren’t Christians; that much was certain.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: His friends weren’t Christians; that much was certain. But even so they couldn’t play as he could (brought up a Christian) with a new religious system, ludicrous in both theory and application. They were, after all, Greeks. Nothing in excess, Augustus. Julian Seeing Contempt http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=108&cat=1

„Honor to those who in the life they lead
define and guard a Thermopylae.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Honor to those who in the life they lead define and guard a Thermopylae. Never betraying what is right, consistent and just in all they do but showing pity also, and compassion; generous when they are rich, and when they are poor, still generous in small ways, still helping as much as they can; always speaking the truth, yet without hating those who lie. Thermopylae http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=69&cat=1

„And, for me, the whole of you has been transformed into feeling.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: p>I created you while I was happy, while I was sad, with so many incidents, so many details.And, for me, the whole of you has been transformed into feeling.</p " In the Same Space http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_134.htm" (1929)

„How quickly the candles multiply that have been put out.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: I look before me at my lighted candles, I don’t want to turn around and see with horror How quickly the dark line is lengthening, How quickly the candles multiply that have been put out. "Candles" [Κεριά], as translated by Manolis, in Constantine P. Cavafy: Poems (2008) edited by George Amabile

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